African Boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum)

Description

•   Perennial shrub to 4m, with long rigid thorny branches
•   Leaves bright green, elliptical, fleshy and clustered
•   Fruit round, succulent, 5-10mm, dull orange-red when ripe
•   Flowers tubular, five pale lilac or white petals

 African Boxthorn Information Link

Flowering Times

Autumn through to spring Control Measure

Mechanical removal using extreme caution (large spines)

Herbicides

Problems

Bushes form dense, impenetrable thickets

Thickets occupy valuable grazing land and harbour vermin

Berries are a host for fruit fly and other insects

Being an extremely hardy plant, is often very hard to kill

Lycium ferocissimum

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